IPCPR Legislative | Political Involvement in Illinois

Political Involvement in Illinois


Requirements for Political Involvement in Illinois

“Lobby” and “lobbying” refer to any communication with an official of the executive or legislative branch of state government for the ultimate purpose of influencing any executive, legislative, or administrative action.


25 Ill. Comp. Stat. 170/2


“Influencing” means any communication, action, reportable expenditure as prescribed in Section 6 or other means used to promote, support, affect, modify, oppose or delay any executive, legislative or administrative action or to promote goodwill with officials.


25 Ill. Comp. Stat. 170/2


“Lobbyist” means any natural person who undertakes to lobby state government.


25 Ill. Comp. Stat. 170/2


“Lobbying entity” means any entity that hires, retains, employs, or compensates a natural person to lobby state government.


25 Ill. Comp. Stat. 170/2


“Client” means any person or entity that provides compensation to a lobbyist to lobby state government.


25 Ill. Comp. Stat. 170/2

Illinois law requires any individual who, for compensation or otherwise, undertakes to lobby, or any person or entity who employs or compensates another person for lobbying, to register annually, on or before January 31st, with the Secretary of State electronically at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/lobbyist/lobintro.html. The registration fee is $300. All lobbying entities must also submit bi-monthly expenditure reports.


25 Ill. Comp. Stat. 170/3


Illinois Lobbyist Registration Act


Illinois Lobbyist Registration and Reporting System


Annual Registration Guide


Electronic Expenditure Filing Instructions

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